Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh, reduces its impact on the environment

Sri Venkateswara Temple, Helensburgh, is the biggest Hindu Temple in Australia.  The Temple has taken a whole range of measures to reduce its impact on the environment. 



  • The Temple has stopped the practice of burning camphor, and instead uses vegetable oil, resulting in less smoke.
  • Devotees burn sesame seeds, in sesame oil, in small clay pots on special occasions.  The size of these pots has been reduced, resulting in less consumption of sesame seeds and less smoke.
  • Fire ceremony is an important part of most traditional Hindu ceremonies.  This is called Omum (Havan) ceremony and is conducted in special pits and a large amount of firewood is used.  The size of these pits has now been drastically reduced, resulting in a decrease in consumption of firewood. 
  • The main building had been insulated to conserve energy.
  • The temple reduces its reliance on tap water by using bore water for all its needs except drinking.
  • A central natural gas tank had been installed for cooking and heating purposes.
  • Inquiries are being made into solar heating.
  • The temple also participates in the annual Pada Yatra pilgrimage on foot and links this ARRCC's Walk or Ride to Worship in October each year.